Can You Get Social Security Benefits If You Retire Abroad?
Yes. A lot of people do this and there are many who live in retirement communities in Mexico. Down there the cost is much lower, you can retire in a nice house on the beach and live well in a friendly neighborhood along with many other Americans. I don't know what paperwork is involved but there are many many people who do this.
Update to this answer: I forgot to add that there is a process to help facilitate your move. They will even setup your retirement checks to deposit into your Mexican bank account.
Absolutely! While working, you (and your employer) were making 'contributions' to your SSA account that were compulsury. So, even if you are on a beach in Mexico or mountain top in Tibet, you are entitled to all the benefits for which you qualify. You don't need to reside within the geo-political borders of the US to collect your benefits. In fact, you are not required to be a US citizen.
Living in another country, with a completely different culture, can be fun and, sometimes, much less expensive than living in the US. But, like any other major undertaking, I would warn you to completely research what you want to do BEFORE you do it!
Please note! Medicare and medicare benefits may be a problem. Not very many doctors or hospitals outside of the United States are members of the system and, therefore, do not supply services covered by the program.
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